The minor Health, Behaviour, and Society provides an excellent background for students from social sciences and related disciplines with an interest in public health.
Although being healthy is highly appreciated in our society, people may experience serious difficulties in leading a healthy lifestyle, which is due to the complex interplay between individual factors of behaviour change, social arrangements, and the physical environment (e.g., urban design).
Society calls for graduates with novel multidisciplinary insights to tackle the problem of improving healthy lifestyles by combining knowledge from psychology, interdisciplinary social science, and human geography. In the minor Health, Behaviour and Society students will learn to adopt such a broad multidisciplinary perspective.
Students will learn to reflect on how the health of individuals and communities can be improved by combining insights from psychology, interdisciplinary social science, and human geography. Specifically, students will learn about:
- individual health behaviour including the psychological factors that drive people’s behaviour such as motivation, emotion and self-regulation;
- the more distal drivers of health, including the social relations and structural arrangements affecting people’s health and their relation with individual level processes;
- insights from human geography about how the physical environment and urban design affects individual behaviour.
Moreover, students will learn about the complex interplay between people and their physical and social environment from a holistic perspective. This minor offers an excellent preparation for the Master's programme Social, Health, and Organizational Psychology, particularly the Health Promotion track.